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This is kind of interesting: a Denial of Service attack that's based on the theoretical properties of a data structure, rather than an implementation flaw.
Researchers have shown how a flaw that is common to most popular Web programming languages can be used to launch denial-of-service attacks by exploiting hash tables. Announced publicly on Wednesday at the Chaos Communication Congress event in Germany, the flaw affects a long list of technologies, including PHP, ASP.NET, Java, Python, Ruby, Apache Tomcat, Apache Geronimo, Jetty, and Glassfish, as well as Google's open source JavaScript engine V8. ...
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Nice reminiscence about the invention of pipes in Unix: http://swtch.com/~rsc/talks/threads07/#(26) . Part of a very interesting slide show about coroutines, pipes, threads, event loops, etc.
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Occupy Wall Street went up to protest at Lincoln Center last night during a performance of Philip Glass' opera Satyagraha. New Yorker music critic Alex Ross was there and captured the protest on video, which included Glass himself reading the closing lines from the opera, amplified to the crowd by the people's mic. It is an amazing scene. When the Satyagraha listeners emerged from the Met, police directed them to leave via side exits, but protes...
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Found this thoughtful thing. The "NEW THOUGHT LATER" is especially interesting. Incidentally, google+ now supports hashtag searching: #Occupy
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I've watched this video several times and thought about it even more. There's a lot to say including some interesting thoughts in this Atlantic piece

Why I Feel Bad for the Pepper-Spraying Policeman, Lt. John Pike - Alexis Madrigal - National - The Atlantic http://bit.ly/rxCpEc

But I want to focus on another thought I've had but only voiced briefly in a standup show last night.

The authorities in all these #OWS crackdowns are assuming a steadily passive reaction from the protestors. Despite the constitutional right to peaceably assemble, governments and post 9/11 militarized police (LRAD!?) are responding with violence against their own people.

The thing about violent uprisings is that you rarely see a steady escalation. These Occupy Wall Street gatherings have been extremely civil and peaceful by and large. And I don't think you're gonna see some slowly increasing amount of violence on the part of the protestors. That's not how revolutions generally pop off. I'm pretty sure that, in general, something just snaps. A student gets shot. A man sets himself on fire. A cop punches an old lady. Then BAM: full scale violent conflict.

So there's that.

But I want to come back to the other risk in the presumption of passivity. There's a frighteningly relaxed attitude to this "Peace Officer" in the video below and among many authorities. It's a condescending attitude based in the idea that these "kids" won't do anything about it. I could be reading too much into the situation, but I think authorities have bought into the narrative that this is a generation raised on iPods and Facebook and MTV reality shows and when push come to shove, they won't fight back.

I would just humbly remind folks that all those factors are true about this generation, but the response may not be. You see, this generation was also raised on collaborative multiplayer combat sims: World of Warcraft, Modern Warfare, 007, Resident Evil, etc. We've literally spent hours building teams and fragging people and aliens and zombies and not batting an eye. Millions of Americans have clocked hundreds or thousands of hours in war simulations. We have all gotten pretty comfortable with coordinated violence.

While it's not "real" war or "real" violence, our brains think differently. We get an adrenaline rush. Our heart rates increase. We sweat. The perception is quite similar, and I just think it's worth some extra thought on the part of the authorities.

I am absolutely not advocating violence, but I can't help but think that you might want to be careful provoking people who have been subconsciously trained on war games.

Followup: it's worth reading this entire interview between +Boing Boing's +Xeni Jardin and one of the pepper-sprayed UC Davis students. http://boingboing.net/2011/11/20/ucdeyetwitness.html

And bonus thanks to Chris Welton below (G+ won't let me tag) for this amazingly powerful video which forces me to add another layer of thought.

VIDEO: UC Davis Chancellor Katehi walks to her car (higher quality)

NEW THOUGHT LAYER

The power of the #occupy movement has always been most potent in its process rather than its (relatively undefined) goals. We can beg for a bit of power from corrupt institutions and corrupt processes or we can build the world on principles we believe in and set an example. In the video above, the UC Davis students set the most powerful example. Rather than responding to violence with violence, they responded with extreme PEACE thus increasing their moral authority by several orders of magnitude. Law enforcement also have moral authority, but chose to rely on the authority of force to convey their message. The students have chosen the more restrained, wise and powerful path.

That approach, applied to all problems and challenges, is the one with more impact.

Bravo.

Update @ 12:55 21 November 2011
Thanks to +Chris Welton for sharing this. A must-read from the perspective of someone who helped escort the chancellor from campus https://plus.google.com/117816040901791024702/posts/AsuHiQrmgD7
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Photos of disassembled gadgets, artfully arranged. By Cory Doctorow at 8:55 am Friday, Nov 25. Todd McLellan's gorgeous photo-series "Everyone has a piece of the puzzle" shows everyday e...
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Sweeeeet... more on the gymnastics end than parkour, beautiful flips and layouts...
Damien Walters shows of his skills as a professional stuntman, gymnastics coach and free runner in his 2011 showreel. via The Daily What
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A paper from the New England Complex Systems Institute claims that they have found evidence that traders executed a "bear raid" on Citigroup in 2007, precipitating the financial collapse. A "bear raid" is a market manipulation technique in which short sellers conspire to dump huge quantities of borrowed shares into the market all at once, driving the price down (short selling is a stock-trading technique in which shares are borrowed for sale; the...
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Democracy Now... maybe I should start listening again...
In what appears to be his first television interview on the subject, Kamran Loghman, the developer of weapons-grade pepper spray and the policy for its use
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Parkour on skis...
This is like street skating except with alpine skis down hilly city terrain. Includes jumps over hung laundry & parked cars, railslides down stairs, etc. Crazy. Tags: skiing sports video
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I've been wishing there was a good video of the Occupy Wall Street "bat signal." Well here it is! Yay!
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